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Transcript of Wonder
1. of no special quality or interest; commonplace; unexceptional:
2. plain or undistinguished:
3. somewhat inferior or below average; mediocre.
"I think the only person in the world who realizes how ordinary I am is me. My name is August. I won't describe what I look like. Whatever your thinking, it's probably worse.
"A beautiful, funny and sometimes sob-making story of quiet transformations"
-The Wall Street Journal
In this first section of reading meet August and his family. Discover how each character in the story faces change.
Read Pages 1 - 30
The Week of January 19-23
"The Luckiest Guy on the Lower East Side"
By Magnetic Fields
What are some characteristics of a good friend?
In this section Auggie begins fifth grade in a middle school. Will the students and staff of Beecher Prep accept him? Will Auggie persevere or will he return to the safety and comfort of being home-schooled?
Read Pages 31 - 60
Week of November 3 - 6
Read Pages 82 - 117
The week of February 2 - 6
Please read pages 82-117
In what ways do you show love and support for members of your family?
In this section Via describes how her life is affected by Auggie's deformity. Via says, "I'm always going to be the sister of a kid with a birth defect; that's not the issue. I just don't always want to be defined that way." Will Via be able to find her own identity?
Time to Think
Auggie and Via are able to share a burden and help each other cope with the pain of betrayal.
The Week of February 9 - 13
Please read pages 119 - 132
What can you learn about friends and friendship from reading a novel?
"He's not a zombie," I laughed, like they were making a joke, I was smiling but I didn't feel like smiling."
Being friends with Auggie isn't always easy, as Summer soon discovers. When Summer joins Auggie at a lunch table on the first day of school she does so because she felt sorry for him. As Summer and Auggie begin to form a friendship, Summer is forced to make a choice.
The Week of February 16 - 20
Please read page 134 - 159
How do you say I'm sorry?
How do you prepare for change?
Week of January 12 - 16
In this section Jack will learn that friendships can be both good and bad. What Jack thinks he wants and what others think he should want do not always actually jibe with what he really does want. If this sounds confusing to you...imagine how Jack feels!
The Week of February 23 - 27
Please read pages 160-185
Is violence against another person ever justifiable?
Jack finds himself in an unfamiliar situation at school. You may be surprised to see who supports Jack... and who does not.
The week of March 2 - 6
Please read pages 187 - 204
Justin isn't a big character in the story, but he's a rich one. He's smart and sensitive, thoughtful and deep, and from the moment his section of the book begins, he is thinking about other people's feelings—both Via's and August's. Why? (Shmoop Editorial Team)
i like to think i'm able to hide my surprise. i hope i do. surprise is one of those emotions that can be hard to fake, though. whether you're trying to look surprised when you're not or trying to not look surprised when you are.
Have you ever committed a random of act of kindness? What motivated you to do so? Has anyone ever
provided a random act of kindness for you?
page 271 - 313
Week of March 9 - 13
Week of March 23 - 27
Auggie notices Maya passing notes on Uglydoll stationary and makes a comment on where the makers of Uglydolls got their ideas from. The next day he finds an Uglydoll key chain on his chair in class. How will he Auggie react to this surprise?
What does it mean to "choose your attitude"?
Week of March 16 - 20
I forgot that I might see
So many beautiful things.
I forgot that I might need
To find out what life could bring
-Andain, "Beautiful Things"
Miranda justifies the lie she told at camp of having a deformed brother by explaining she watched all six episodes of Star Wars just so she could talk to Auggie about "aliens and bounty hunters and all that." She even lets readers know where Auggie got the astronaut helmet he wore for two years and says, "I mean, I've kind of earned the right to think of him as my brother." Do you agree with Miranda? Was there any harm in her lie?
How do these lyrics relate to the story from Miranda's perspective? Do they say anything about her relationship with Auggie?
Week of March 16 - 20
Mr. Tushman concludes that "Sometimes a duck is just a duck!" What do you think this phrase means?
In this final section of
Auggie and Mr. Tushman clear up a misunderstanding, Auggie learns an important truth when his dad tells him a secret, and the students of Beecher Prep Middle School say their good-byes.
Do you think the book was realistic – both in terms of the initial reaction to August and the events that unfolded?
Do you think this could happen at your school?
English teacher, Mr Browne, comes up with the idea of a monthly precept.
• What do you think of each of Mr Browne’s precepts?
• Do they relate to August’s story at all?
As an advisory, create and post your class Precept
Fate Smiled and destiny
laughed as she came to my cradle...
Week of March 23 - 27
Far above the world
Planet Earth is blue
And there's nothing I can do
_David Bowie "Space Oddity"
You are beautiful no matter what they say
Words can't bring you down
You are beautiful in every single way
Yes, words can't bring you down
Now here is my secret. It is very simple. It is only with one's heart that one can see clearly. What is essential is invisible to the eye.
-Antonie de Saint-Exupery
The Little Prince
The Week of January 26 - 30
Read pages 61- 80
What does the word
mean to you?
The school year is well under way and Auggie is looking forward to Halloween because the students get to dress up and wear masks. Auggie wishes every day could be Halloween so that everyone could get to know one another "before we got to see what we looked like under the masks." Auggie might change his mind however when he discovers that at Beecher Prep masks can reveal more than they hide.